The Collector’s Eye:

Carl Thoma + Jason Foumberg
Discuss Collecting Digital Art

moderated by Sarah Rovang

5 PM MT  WED  AUG 26, 2020

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Recorded Conversation

John Gerrard, Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada, 2014), 2014.
Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.

Since 2007, the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation has collected over 300 software-based and electronic artworks by 125 artists. In this intimate conversation about the Thoma Foundation's acquisition strategy, collector Carl Thoma and curator Jason Foumberg present some of their favorite new artworks and answer viewers' live questions. The conversation will be moderated by Sarah Rovang.

Click here for more on the Thoma Foundation’s Collection of Digital & Electronic Art 


Carl D. Thoma is an art collector, philanthropist, and managing partner and founder of Thoma Bravo, LLC. An early player in the field of venture capital beginning with Golder, Thoma in 1980, Carl has applied his eye for entrepreneurial talent to collecting Modern and Contemporary paintings, and most recently in the fields of Digital Art and Light and Space.

In his chosen profession, Carl has been acknowledged in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Fortune for his investment leadership. He has chaired the National Venture Capital Association and the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and served on the boards of Illinois Institute of Technology and Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He is currently on the Boards of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and SITE Santa Fe; is a member of the Blanton National Leadership Board; and is a commissioner for the National Portrait Gallery. Carl Thoma earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.


Jason Foumberg is curator of the Foundation’s digital and electronic art collection. Since 2014, he has curated annual exhibitions featuring the Foundation’s collection at Art House, Santa Fe, and Orange Door, Chicago, as well as touring exhibits of digital art with U.S. museum partners. Jason coordinated the Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art, and he currently advises on the Foundation’s grant programs. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Sarah Rovang is based in Santa Fe and oversees the Foundation’s grant-making as the Program Officer. Born and raised in New Mexico, she holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University. Before joining the Foundation, she taught architectural history at the University of Michigan, traveled around the world as the Society of Architectural Historians’ H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellow, and was a Research Fellow at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.